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Because of increasing assault and sexual harassment incidents the Sundance Film Festival, the Festival's Directors decided to introduce new conduct rules to protect festivalgoers. In partnership with Attorney Generals Office of Utah a new 24 hour hot-line was established to report any violations of the law.
This year's Fest run from January 18th -28th in Park City, Utah. The Sundance Institute, which oversees the Festival (which was founded by Robert Redford) stated that it is 'committed to allowing attendees to experience the Festival free of harassment, discrimination, sexism, and threatening or disrespectful behavior.' It further stated, that it, 'reserves the right to revoke, without notice or refund, credentials or access to Festival events and venues for those who engage in such conduct.
So, if you attend the Festival and experience or witness any such behavior call 801-834-1944.
Warner Bros. DC Comics will bring out new superhero 'Shazam' next year. This year is all about 'Black Panther' and 'Aqua Man' But next year Warner's is betting on Shazam as the next big superhero idol. Shazam is an acronym of the ancient gods and historical figures; Solmoman, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus. Achilles, and Mercury.
Wonder Woman, which grossed over $800 million w.w., will debut a sequel next year with a release date of 11/1/2019 and is looking to repeat the first film's gross.
AMC Slapped With Lawsuit
AMC Entertainment was slapped with a class action law suit last Friday, charging that the planet's largest movie exhibitor, misled investors about the seasonal nature of box office trends.
AMC, stated in court papers that 'our business is highly seasonal, with higher attendance and revenues generally occurring during the summer months and holiday seasons". But the plaintiffs claim the AMC disclosure disclosure is "materially inaccurate" because AMC's newly acquired international operations experience lower attendance during the summer months.
The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court in New York states that AMC misled by failing to disclose prior to its acquisition of Carmike (a smaller theater circuit). AMC did not comment on the lawsuit; however, its shares are down more than 50% over the year.